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It’s the most wonderful time of year—er, except when it comes to your complexion, that is. Yes, we’ve finally said goodbye to frigid temps and slushy snow (yay!). But you may notice that your skin is still feeling the effects of winter—namely, dry skin and dullness. Since spring is the season of renewal, it’s time to show your skin some love by adding a face scrub into your skin care routine. Here, we’ve rounded up our best face scrubs for the season, as well as tips to help you exfoliate like a pro.
Don’t get to scrubbing until you know all the details. Exfoliation is the process of sloughing off dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. As far as how often you should exfoliate, it depends on your individual skin and varies from person to person. Some people’s skin can only handle exfoliation once a week, while others may be able to tolerate it more often. Pay attention to how your skin responds post-exfoliation so you can determine what works best for you.
It turns out there are actually two kinds of exfoliation—mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliation involves physically scrubbing your skin’s surface with a scrub or a dry brush, and that’s the type of exfoliation we’re focusing on today. (Chemical exfoliation utilizes salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid, or enzymes to chemically break down the surface buildup.)
Exfoliating tools: Dead skin cells on the surface of your skin can be loosened and removed by creating friction using tools like brushes and sponges. Just keep in mind that these scrubby tools might not the best choice for sensitive skin, so go easy and test a patch of skin before committing to this method. If you are going to use an exfoliating tool, be sure to work in light strokes and be gentle!
Face scrubs: When you think of exfoliation, the image that pops into your head is probably of a face scrub—and there’s a good reason for that. They are super-popular, and there are plenty of different options out there, which makes this an easy option if you’re ready to add exfoliation to your skin care routine. Don’t worry—we’ve got product picks for you coming up soon!
Whether you decide to use the mechanical or chemical method of exfoliation, the main purpose is to slough off the buildup of dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. These dead skin cells can contribute to dullness, which is why you’d want to remove them. Since using a face scrub is one of the easiest ways to exfoliate, we’re sharing our favorite options below.
Ready to get your exfoliation on this spring? Find the right skin product for your skin’s individual needs below!
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub: This face scrub leaves skin feeling softer and smoother and looking more refined. Immediately, skin feels smooth and comforted, while skin feels nourished with continued use over time.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub: This face scrub effectively removes dirt, oil, and impurities from the surface of skin and polishes away dead skin. With continued use over time, pores look tighter, unclogged, and less visible.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub: This face scrub gives skin a glowing appearance immediately and leaves skin feeling baby-soft, smooth, and comforted with continued use over time.
When it comes to exfoliating, being gentle is key. Here’s how to use any of the three face scrubs above.
Step 1: Prep yourself. Don’t start until you’ve readied your hair and face. If you have long hair, pull it back so that it doesn’t get in the way, then wet your face before exfoliating.
Step 2: Apply gently. There’s no need to vigorously scrub. Treat your complexion with care by using small circular motions to massage your face scrub of choice onto your face and neck. Apply it your skin with dry hands, then use wet fingers to gently massage in the face scrub.
Step 3: Wash off with lukewarm water. Avoid rinsing with hot water, which can dry out skin further.
Step 4: Moisturize. Smooth on a hydrating lotion or cream to help lock in hydration. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
Step 5: Find your schedule. Like we told you earlier, how often you should exfoliate depends on the individual. Our Pure-Sugar Scrubs should be used three times a week for best results.
Extend the scrub love down past your jawline! Here’s how to do it right.
Lips: Flaking lips are no fun—and applying lipstick over dry lips isn’t exactly the recipe for a great look. To help remove dead skin cells from the surface of your lips, use a lip scrub. You can also use a clean toothbrush (no toothpaste residue!) to help slough away dead skin. Afterwards, apply a hydrating lip balm (bonus points if it has broad-spectrum sunscreen!).
Elbows and knees: These areas are especially prone to dryness, so show them some TLC in the shower. Use a gentle body scrub, applying it in circular motions while you’re in the tub.
Legs: Ready to show off those legs in cute floral skirts now that the weather is getting warmer? Try a dry brush before hopping in the shower.
Now that you know all there is to know about exfoliating with a face scrub, we’re here to share a few tips to help prevent excess winter dryness next year. So, keep these tips in mind!
1. Try a no-rinse cleansing option. Micellar water has been a French-favorite cleaner for years, and now it’s becoming popular stateside. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes. It’s powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt and oil up and away from the skin. Simply pour some out onto a cotton pad and wipe the pad across your face.
2. Switch up how you shower. How you bathe can have a major impact on the way your skin looks and feels. Say no to the hot showers that may tempt you when it’s chilly outside. Hot water can strip your skin of essential oils, so turn down the dial in cleanse in lukewarm temps instead.
3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. This step is key! Extra dry skin has a very fragile skin moisture barrier that can be easily damaged by external factors like pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming easily dehydrated, feeling tight and uncomfortable. So, reach for a moisturizer that comforts and soothes skin.
4. Slather on the broad-spectrum sunscreen. It’s a common misconception that once the sun sets on summer, you can lay off the sunscreen. Not true! You can get burned even on cloudy days, which is why you should still layer a broad-spectrum sunscreen over your moisturizer in the morning. Schedule jam-packed? Consider using a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, which is also formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol to help brighten the look of your skin.
5. Use a humidifier. When your heat turns on in the winter, moisture is drawn out of the air. Using a humidifiercan help put the moisture back in the air, which is good for your skin!
Now that you’ve officially shed your winter skin, it’s time to take in spring in all its glory. To ensure your skin looks its best all season long, check out our article, 5 Springtime Skin Care Tips to Start Following Today.